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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? September 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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tbc Saturday 8 November 2014 - Wren Music: Simon Mayor & Hilary James (workshop & concert) - Fairplace Church, Okehampton EX20 1DT
Simon Mayor - afternoon mandolin workshop; evening: Simon Mayor & Hilary James present 'The Art Of Mandolin'. Wren Music 01837 53754

 

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19/9/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 19 September 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

NEW Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Jiggerypipery - Moretonhampstead Parish Hall
Highly popular Dartmoor based folk band. Come along for a "wild old time" with dynamic arrangements and skilful renditions of great Celtic and Irish dance tunes and have a lively evening. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets £7 adv/£8 door. Available at Green Hill, Fore St/ Moretonhampstead newsagents or online at www.greenhillarts.org/events. This event is to support Green Hill Arts and Heritage Centre.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Old-Time and Americana. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Support: Jaime Leigh. Bar. Tickets £7.50/£6 concs from Bluebell Wood Music, 01626 830423, bluebellwoodmusic@gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 21 September 2014 3-6pm - Morley Music Session - Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth PL9 7HP
Regular Third Sunday of the month. This month's very excellent music session occurs just two days before the Autumn Equinox. This will be an ideal opportunity to celebrate, in music and song, the days being longer than the nights. After the 23rd, the Dark begins its slow rise towards mid-winter supremacy over the Light. So, come join us in a glass or two of the Morley's excellent wines & beers, and keep the Light in your life as you listen to some wonderful live music.

Sunday 21 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (vocals /piano /woodwind) and Sean Lakeman (guitar) to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. ‘Classy return for Devon based husband and wife duo’ – Q Magazine. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com £10 adv /£12 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast comprising: Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Matt Quinn and Heather Bradford. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

Thursday 25 September 2014 - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 25 September 2014 8.15pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Jim recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative, Charles Causley to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. Jim is joined by guitarist Lukas Drinkwater. Lukas is best known as the bassist with festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys, and for his solo work. Jim & Lukas have been working together since 2013. More details and tickets £9+ www.wegottickets.com/event/287431. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

UPDATED Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Singer songwriter Huw is well known individually and also for his work with Tony Willams, Maart has played in a variety of bands including Fairport Convention and is a very well know and respected multi instrumentalist. Having met on a Fairport convention tour bus in 1995 the two have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road, soundchecks and how and why some of the songs were written. A concert of foot tapping tunes and beautiful songs with anecdotes that will both captivate and make you laugh. To reserve tickets call Andrew on 01837 840519. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 26 September 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. 'Best Duo' winners in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go at major festivals across the country. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/phillip-henry-and-hannah-martin. Tel. 01803 849290

Friday 26 September 2014 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. A folk roots family band from Cambridge, fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon. Supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. Standout festival performances at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, FolkEast and Secret Garden Party are helping build a reputation as a compelling live act.
www.thewillowsband.co.uk. "Absolutely gorgeous sound" Bob Harris. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/cnjc. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Details, booking etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/what-s-on/albert-lee.

UPDATED Friday 26 September 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Martha Tilston - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Martha Tilston returns to launch her new album tour at Acoustic Haven, a community music night run by volunteers and raising funds to help care for ancient woodland on Dartmoor. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm) - bar and hot soup available - arrive early to avoid disappointment as this event is likely to sell out. Door price £10, U12 half price (door only), £8 adv from Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes Hgh Street, or online £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278631.

NEW Saturday 27 September 2014 8pm - Paul Downes - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Brought to you by Lympstone Entertainments, a rare chance to see Paul Downes. Tickets £10 from 2 Brookfield Cottages, The Strand,  tel 01395 272243 or 07516 322853, or email tickets@lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Rue Royale - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
Anglo-American indie folk duo playing "hypnotic indie-folk-pop influenced by American and British folk, soul and rock", inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow. www.rueroyalemusic.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!rue-royale/c9sx. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 27 September 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Steve Knightley - Doug's Shed, Splatthayes, Buckerell, nr Honiton
Box office: 01404 850637. www.growyourowngig.co.uk.

Sunday 28 September 2014 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Are an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country: foot-tapping songs and fine ballads. £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

UPDATED Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall, Bossell Road TQ11 0DD
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs. Tickets £14 from 07779 640355, email jax.sprat[at]hotmail.co.uk or online via www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk/concerts. Steve is supported by locally based a capella choir 'The Lost Sound Chorus' singing beautiful arrangements from their folk repertoire.

UPDATED Friday 3 October 2014 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas with Devonbird - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Harbottle & Jonas: A folk outfit based in Totnes, hardworking songsmiths that breathe new life into traditional English folk songs, with a nautical twist, promoting the release of their recently released debut album 'Cutthorpe Hill' www.harbottleandjonas.com. Devonbird: A Devon-based trio who perform original and traditional folk tunes, many of which are inspired by their passion for local folklore, rural landscapes and singer/songwriters such as John Martyn and Martin Carthy.

NEW Saturday 4 October 2014 8pm - Julian Piper & Sam Piper - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Sam Piper was indoctrinated with music from five years old, at the heady age of twelve, was seen at the Exeter Phoenix playing with Junkyard Angels and Howling Wolf's guitarist Hubert Sumlin, later leading his own bands on nationwide tours and major festivals. But tonight he dons and acoustic guitar to present his original material, which although blues inflected, retains more of the imagery and guitar playing of Nic Drake and John Martyn. And his Dad ? Lurking underneath the hoary blues image, are a clutch of fine self penned songs which he promises to mix with his usual blues. Promises to be an intriguing night. Tickets £6 from the Bridge tel 01392 873862.

Saturday 4 October 2014 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player who has become one of the top names in the national folk scene including winning two BBC Folk Awards. Her CDs ‘Jackie Oates’; ‘The Violet Hour’; ‘Hyperboreans’; ‘Saturnine’ and ‘Lullabies’ have attracted wide critical acclaim as well as collaborative work with various other projects including ‘The Imagined Village’ and ‘The Cecil Sharp Project’. Jackie headlined the sell out concert during the 2012 South Brent Folk Festival and as she now lives in Oxford this will be a welcome return for her to Devon. Jackie will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave from the Jackie Oates Band. With local support. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv (available now) from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. IFFI: contact Eileen McKee: (01364 73699 / eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com) or John Rawlinson (01364 73117 / j.rawlinson@plymouth.ac.uk). One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Saturday 4 October 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further dates: 8 November; 6 December

UPDATED Change of venue
Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - The Will Pound Band - Topsham Folk Club, The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR
(map)
The Will Pound Band plays a mix of English, Irish and Northumbrian tunes with jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and funk rhythms. Its lineup is BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Musician nominee, harmonica player Will Pound, with Chris Sarjeant on guitar/vocals, Henry Webster on fiddle and John Parker on double bass. "...this is English music that really is a cut above" - The Daily Telegraph; "A flat out genius harmonica player" Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. www.willpound.com £10 adv /£12 door. Tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk. All enquiries 01392 875332.

NEW Thursday 9 October 2014 8pm - Brigette DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Brigette DeMeyer is as Southern as the feeling you get when you’re sitting on the porch on a warm summer night sipping sweet tea, the haunting comfort that envelops you when you drive the dusty wooded back roads, the cicadas rustling in the trees. It’s the salt, grease and love that goes into every plate of grits served. And the South is everywhere in the stories told by Brigitte DeMeyer’s music. The woods are full of pretty girl singer/songwriters in Nashville, but this lady is head and shoulders above the rest - check her out. www.brigettedemeyer.com. Plus with Brigette on guitar will be Will Kimbrough, himself a bit of a legend amongst the cogniscenti. Tickets £12 from The Bridge tel 01392 873862
Also coming : 2 November Steve James, 19 November Wild Ponies

NEW Saturday 11 October 2014 - Steve Pledger - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5HS
Somerset singer songwriter, playing an acoustic set of his songs in the beautiful Hope Hall in the heart of Exeter. Steve has enjoyed a busy summer playing at festivals including The Village Pump, and has toured with the likes of Ange Hardy and Luke Jackson. www.stevepledger.co.uk. "Steve's music is beautiful: authentic, unblemished, wonderful." BBC Introducing. Soft drinks and home baked cakes served on the night. BYO alcohol for your candlelit table if you wish. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from Simon Twigg on 01392 669704 or 07913 543124 to reserve your place. www.hopehallarts.com.

NEW Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Brixham Library
+ special guests. Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. Tickets £10 members (Friends of Brixham Library), £12 non-members, from Brixham Library 01803 853870.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 8pm - The Carrivick Sisters - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
One of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobra, and claw hammer banjo. They have built a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history. Tickets £7, call Andrew on 01837 840519. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

NEW 10-14 August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Full details of Joe Broughton's Folkworld course for 10 to 21 yr olds are now available at www.folkworld.org - and bookings are open.

Feature venue: The B-Bar at Plymouth's Barbican Theatre (map)
www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021. The B-Bar's own October email circulation listings include the following:
Thursday 2 October 9pm - Warren James
An evening of acoustic-roots, country, skiffle and blues. The Warren James brand of turbo-charged acoustic-roots, country and blues, a genre that he calls skiffle, is proving an exciting act at global music events where the rousing and addictively exuberant folk-rocker sends the best Americana music soaring. A talented young guitar and banjo player who knows how to excite crowds across the nation, Warren has toured Europe, performed in the USA and shared billing with some iconic names in the music business. If you enjoyed the fun roots music in the George Clooney film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? or the heart wrenching work songs in Twelve Years a Slave then this concert is for you. “Keep your eyes open for Warren James, you won’t be disappointed” BBC Radio 2. www.warrenjamesmusic.wordpress.com. Entry £2.
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Thursday 9 October 8pm - Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor is a giant in Texas songwriting circles. He played and toured with Townes Van Zandt, mentored Steve Earle in the 70's and has had songs covered by Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and Joan Baez amongst others. Even though he has a lifetime's experience in the music business he's still producing great albums and playing wonderful gigs. Reference his last two albums "Live At The Red Shack" (2011) and "Studio 10" ( 2013) and his brilliant show here last October. Check him out on this video featuring the making of "Live At The Red Shack www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx-QnL15Kn0. Tickets £10+ adv or online www.wegotickets.com/event/287613, £12 door.
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Thursday 16 October 9pm - Theo Bard
Inspired songwriter, avid one-man-band busker, and live music obsessive, Theo is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots in his own London Town; singing his own uplifting songs, expertly fingerpicking on guitar, while striking out bold beats with his feet. His album The Springtime Fool, recorded with band Bard, was Top of the World in Songlines magazine and received widespread radio play across the UK. He is currently working on recordings for a new album. “The actual quality of the songwriting is exceptional, it really belies Theo’s young years” - Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland. www.soundcloud.com/theobard. Entry £2.
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Friday 24 October 9pm - Sound of the Sirens

'Sound Of The Sirens' are a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. These girls know exactly how to rock a stage and make you believe every word they are singing. Individually their voices tell their own tale, and, when blended together in harmony, they will regularly have your spine tingling and leave you wanting for much more. Entry £3.
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Wednesday 29 October 8pm - Steve James

If Steve James is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music, it's not because he has a high-power publicist. He has toured internationally and extensively, performing at festivals, concert venues and clubs and offering a variety of music workshops for the sizable "hands-on" contingent in his ferociously loyal audience. In addition, he's created numerous instruction books, print lessons and articles, DVDs and on-line tutorials for guitar, slide guitar and mandolin for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun. £10 adv, £12 door.#
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Friday 31 October 9pm - Dr Thud’s Remedy
Five-piece band playing music of Irish/celtic origin. They play pretty much anything that gets feet tapping and lots of happy people dancing with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, harmonica, occasional Irish whistle, mandolin, fiddle, tea-chest bass, bodhran and percussion. Entry £3.
All above gigs are at the B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Show of Hands Autumn Tour
Full details on www.showofhands.co.uk; the nearest dates to us are Barnstaple on 29/11 and the final two nights of the tour, both at Exmouth Pavilion, on 5/12 and 6/12.

Albion Christmas Band
No Harberton Folk area date in 2014; the closest approach is at Lyme Regis on 15/12.

Folk song club updates:
(A pretty comprehensive list of folk song, folk dance and some other 'related' dance and music clubs across Harberton Folk's coverage area and well beyond can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html.)
East Devon Traditional Song Club
1st Wednesday: The Anchor Inn, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Singers, with or without accompaniment and audience welcome. Free admission except on occasional guest nights. 01395 514129.
Exeter - Exeter Traditional Song Club
3rd Tuesday: The Royal Oak Inn, Nadderwater, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2JH
Singers, with or without accompaniment, and audience, welcome. Free admission. 01392 272352. Previously at The Twisted oak, Ide.

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Saturday 20 September - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Sold out Saturday 20 September - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Thursday 25 September - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth
Friday 26 September - Big Joe Bone - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Friday 26 September - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington, nr Totnes
Sunday 28 September - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton
Thursday 2 October - Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
Sunday 5 October - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Tavistock Wharf
Sold out Wednesday 8 October - Show Of Hands - Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 11 October – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge
Wednesday 15 October - Lúnasa - Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 16 October - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter
Thursday 23 October - 8.15pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter
Friday 24 October - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Saturday 25 October - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth (practically sold out)
Sunday 16 November - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 16 November - The Fisherman's Friends - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 7 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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6/9/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 6 September 2014
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.
As it's only been a week since the last missive, I'm not including loads of reminders this time - the full Diary (and last week's circular) are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - so practically everything below is new, including 'Features' on 3 venues, and a new source of East Devon music information.

NEW Wednesday 17 September 2014 - Jurassic Folk Acoustic Come All Ye - Dolphin Hotel, Beer EX12 3EQ (map)
Several changes under the 'new management' - see www.eastdevonfolk.org for details and contacts.

NEW Thursday 25 September 2014 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Singers' & Musicians' Open NightFree admission. All performers and listeners welcome. Further details from Martyn Hillstead. 01626 778071.

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 6.45pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington, nr Totnes, TQ9 7DX
Barn Dance and BBQ raising money for Lower Sharpham Barton Farm’s charity work. Adv tickets £5, see www.bluejewel.info for details; £6 door. U12 free.

NEW Saturday 11 October 2014 - Chris Woods, Elliott Morris & Will McNicol - Globe Inn, 39 Clifton Road, Newton, Exeter EX1 2BL (map)
The three solo artists are joining forces to create a night of ‘guitar mayhem’ which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together. Adv tickets £5+ www.wegottickets.com/event/289381.

NEW Friday 17 October 2014 8pm - Blues Night with Rick & Steve Payne - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Rick and Steve return for an evening of acoustic roots and blues music. Heralded as two of the best acoustic players in the UK, Rick and Steve are not related but share a passion for guitar as well as a surname. They have played together many times as well as individually and are no strangers to the concert stage. Individually they are wizards on the guitar; together they are totally spell binding. Flavel box office on 01803 839530. www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 25 October 2014 7.30pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) invites you to join the ceilidh for their end of season celebration. Venue/ticket details etc. see
www.bluejewel.info.

Feature 1: Autumn Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below. Entrance prices are given for Club Members / non-Members. Optional membership fee £10 will take you through to the end of July 2015. Sundays not specified are open nights when admission is just £1 for everyone. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
*****

Sunday 14 September
2014 7.45pm - Mike Silver
A perennial favourite at the Club, Mike's ability to consistently write meaningful songs is undiminished and he accompanies them superbly with top-class guitar technique. His talents are understandably much in demand as an album producer and guitarist. £10/£8
*****
Sunday 28 September 2014 7.45pm - Jigantics

Are an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country: foot-tapping songs and fine ballads. £10/£8.
*****
Sunday 12 October 2014 7.45pm - Ben Sands

A member of the famous "Sands" family from county Down, Ben is a talented and highly accomplished songwriter, singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (piano, fiddle guitar, pipes, whistle, banjo, bouzouki and mandolin). Warm Irish humour also features widely! £10/£8.
*****
Sunday 26 October 2014 7.45pm - David Newey & Shona

First rate singer/songwriter/guitarist David, a former finalist in the BBC Young Folk Musician awards and who has accompanied the great Tom McConville on many gigs, now teams up with former all-Ireland champion accordion player and vocalist Shona Kipling £10/£8.
*****
Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt

One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £12/£10.

*****
Sunday 23 November 2014 7.45pm - Tom Lewis

Long overdue return (after 6 years!) for this ex-RN submariner. Accompanying himself on button accordion or ukelele, Tom's wealth of maritime-influenced, self-penned songs feature "A consistently strong set that packs a wallop. Fine stuff with real bite" (Living Tradition Mag) £10/£8.
***** All above at Folk on the Moor *****

Feature 2: World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information about World Unlimited, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Tel. 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available. Here's the current programme to the end of the year:
*****
Sunday 12 October 2014 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Nominated for Best Duo & for Emerging Talent Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage.Their work together combines an exquisite command of their instruments with lyrics steeped in the tradition of English songwriting, and in ageless stories of love and loss. “One of the hottest tickets in folk” Mark Radcliffe. Tickets £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285740. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/josandbendevon.htm. Support: Chris Cleverley.
*****
Friday 17 October 2014 - Maz O'Connor

Maz 's recently released album, 'This Willowed Light' has been produced by multi-folk-award-winning Jim Moray. The Observer described it as 'the perfect blend of youthfulness and gravitas' and tipped it as 'the folk album of the year thus far'. Tickets £9+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285738. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/mazdevon.htm. Support: Harbottle & Jonas.
*****

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Baskery

A Swedish alternative americana folk rock band comprising three sisters. The sound is all about turning music on its head, blending the straight forwardness of punk with the subtlety of roots and Americana. The music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just because they play a double bass, a six string banjo and acoustic guitar. The high energy level on stage hails from a pure and reckless love of the art of performing music. www.baskery.com. Tickets £8.50+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/286019. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/baskerydevon.htm. Support: Crow Puppets.
*****
Saturday 1 November 2014 - Tarras Minor

Normally a six-piece band with drums, Tarras have launched an all-venue friendly acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group - singer/songwriters Ben Murray, Rory Connor and Michael Woodward. Piano and accordion player Ben Murray has worked extensively in the music industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri, he has been performing in the West End production of War Horse playing The Songman. Ben also performed in a duo with life-long friend Rosie Doonan, and their debut album gained them a nomination for the horizon award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Guitarist Rory Connor, whilst new to the line-up, has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277195. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/Tarrasdevon.htm.
*****
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine

Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/boo.htm. Support: Emily Howard.
*****
Saturday 22 November 2014 - Lisbee Stainton Duo

When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.
*****
Friday 5 December 2014 - Martyn Joseph

One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine. “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO. Tickets £16+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277196. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/martynjosephdevon.htm.
*****
Saturday 13 December 2014 - Gerry Colvin Band

From 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. For 2014 there's a modified line up and a change of name following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, but the sound and songs still remain the brain child of the amazing Gerry Colvin. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285716. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/gerrycolvinband.htm. Support: Ella Janes.
Coming in January 2015: Sally Barker and Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
***** All above at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell  *****
Also a World Unlimited promotion:
Friday 14 November 2014 - Martin Stephenson - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
'A unique voice, engaging performer and wayward genius - Martin deserves recognition as a genuine national treasure.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music.
'Martin's beautiful music and good vibes have been a part of my radio programmes for close to thirty years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run!' Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. www.daintees.co.uk. Full details, tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278169. No bar, BYO drinks.
www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Feature 3: South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Multi-genre not-for-profit arts venue. Full programme at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. Online booking, or tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).
*****
Saturday 13 September 2014 - Altan

Unreserved seating.
Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.+ Special guests. Full details and bookings www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!altan/c11xf.
*****
Thursday 18 September 2014 - Matthew & Me
Standing with VIP gallery seating. One of the region's biggest names, Matthew & Me have taken their carefully crafted brand of alt-folk across the UK and beyond, and have packed houses in cities up and down the nation. Crowds are regularly surprised by their live show, never knowing quite what to expect. The five-piece band create huge waves of sound, unexpected chaos, haunting vocals, light and shade, with moments of stark contemplative hush. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!matthew--me/c1p5p. + Special guests.
*****
Friday 19 September 2014 - The Wurzels
Standing with VIP gallery seating. The Wurzels head to South Devon at the perfect time of year, when the combine harvesters are out in the fields, and the cider apples are freshly squeezed! + Special guests Skimmity Hitchers. Full details, ticketing, samples etc.
www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-wurzels/cyj8.
*****
Friday 26 September 2014 - The Willows
Seated. A folk roots family band from Cambridge, fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon. Supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. Standout festival performances at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, FolkEast and Secret Garden Party are helping build a reputation as a compelling live act.
www.thewillowsband.co.uk. "Absolutely gorgeous sound" Bob Harris. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/cnjc.
*****
Friday 3 October 2014 - The Little Unsaid - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration. www.thelittleunsaid.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-little-unsaid/c21xz.
Thursday 23 October 2014 - House of Hats & Carrie Tree
Friday 24 October 2014 - Lady Maisery

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy
Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea
***** All above at South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes  *****

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

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30/8/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 30 August 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

NEW Friday 19 September 2014 -  d'Accord! - Ide Village Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French and Breton dancing. Live music. Beginners dance workshop 7.15-7.45pm. Dance starts 8pm. £5 waged £3.50 unwaged. Details tel. 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. Third Friday of the month September to June.

NEW Thursday 25 September 2014 8.15pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Jim recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative, Charles Causley to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. Jim is joined by guitarist Lukas Drinkwater. Lukas is best known as the bassist with festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys, and for his solo work. Jim & Lukas have been working together since 2013. More details and tickets £9+ www.wegottickets.com/event/287431. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Martha Tilston - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Martha Tilston returns to launch her new album tour at Acoustic Haven, a community music night run by volunteers and raising funds to help care for ancient woodland on Dartmoor. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm) - bar and hot soup available - arrive early to avoid disappointment as this event is likely to sell out. Door price £10, U12 half price (door only), adv online £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278631.

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. 'Best Duo' winners in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go at major festivals across the country. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/phillip-henry-and-hannah-martin. Tel. 01803 849290

UPDATED Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall, Bossell Road TQ11 0DD
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Tickets £14 from 07779 640355, email jax.sprat[at]hotmail.co.uk or online via www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk/concerts. With guests The Lost Sound Chorus. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs.

NEW Friday 3 October 2014 - Friday Fandango: Devonbird + Harbottle & Jonas - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
A monthly showcase night featuring artists from the Mingle Music roster www.minglemusic.co.uk. Supported by CRAMP and Exeter Local Records. Devonbird: A Devon-based trio who perform original and traditional folk tunes, many of which are inspired by their passion for local folklore, rural landscapes and singer/songwriters such as John Martyn and Martin Carthy. Harbottle & Jonas: "Very Sufjan Stevens with a little Belle & Sebastian" (Rumblefish).

NEW Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Kathryn Tickell & The Side features Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and voice; Louisa Tuck (Royal Northern Sinfonia) cello; Amy Thatcher, accordion and voice and Ruth Wall, harps (lever, bray, wire-strung) and voice. When world-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell decided to put a new band together, she wasn’t going to let a mere 600 mile round trip for rehearsals stand in her way (Ruth, the harpist, lives in Cornwall, the rest of the band are in Northumberland) nor was she daunted by the fact that cellist Louisa already had a full-time job with Royal Northern Sinfonia. “These are the musicians I wanted to work with” she says “and the best things in life are not always the easiest!” Eighteen months later, that determination and focus has paid dividends with the release of the ensemble’s eponymous debut album ‘Kathryn Tickell & The Side’ which will be released on 29th September, followed by a UK tour in October / November. 'Kathryn Tickell & The Side' is a tour de force of lush soundscapes, stark lines and rich textures and, of course, stunning musicianship. The album also showcases Kathryn’s skill as a composer: she’s always been able to write a great tune, but here she truly raises the bar. Kathryn Tickell & The Side also features two special guests from the Royal Northern Sinfonia - percussionist Marney O'Sullivan and violinist (and leader of the orchestra) Bradley Creswick, as well as some tasty guitar work from Sting’s long-time guitarist Dominic Miller. £15 adv, £17 door.
Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2264_kathryn_tickell_and_the_side.

NEW Thursday 23 October 2014 - 8.15pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by their passion for stories and has delivered a fresh haul of accolades, including a 'Best Duo' nomination at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a 'Song of the Year' FATEA Award, first prize in the Acoustic/Folk category of the UK Songwriting Contest, a Horizon Award nomination at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a tour supporting Fairport Convention. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/285582. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

NEW Thursday 23 October 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - River Cottage, Axminster
An evening of live music with Phillip and Hannah, and River Cottage food. Winners of Best Duo at the recent 2014 BBC Folk Awards, Phillip and Hannah will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity. www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/phillip_henry_hannah_martin_at_river_cottage.

UPDATED Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize) www.harpingmad.co.uk. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

UPDATED Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

NEW Monday 17 November 2014 8pm - Keith James: Time Let Me Play (Songs from the poetry of Dylan Thomas) - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan Thomas' most cherished poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. Keith James is well known for his emotive performances. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. www.timeletmeplay.co.uk / www.keith-james.com. Tickets £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/288069. www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/sheelanagig.

NEW Saturday 29 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Music: When The Moon Is Full - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s ‘Book of Werewolves’. Wren Band presents a concert that touches on the Gothic within English folk song, connecting with the influences of folklore found in contemporary popular culture such as Harry Potter. The band has sifted through archives of traditional folk songs to find those that fitted with the stories in the Book of Werewolves and penned new songs about some of Dartmoor’s best-known folklore stories. Wren Music Presents: A series of concerts promoted by Wren Music with Cygnet Theatre. Tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/288197.

NEW Friday 5 December 2014 - Winter Mountain - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/winter-mountain.

NEW Saturday 6 December 2014 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Support from Sam Lewis. Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio The Martin Harley Band. Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley--support-from-sam-lewis.

NEW Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange
Saturday 13 June 2015 - Gigspanner - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes

Session News
Returning for its autumn season
Saturday 4 October 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further dates: 8 November; 6 December

East Devon/Jurassic Folk updates:
Wednesday 3 September - Jurassic Jam at The Dolphin Beer 8pm to 10.15pm Contact Andrew 01404 46451 or Adrian 07527082062 for further details
Wednesday 17 September - Jurassic Folk Come all ye night at the Dolphin Hotel Beer 8pm to 10.30pm (doors open 7.30pm).
NB New times and there are a few other change all listed on www.eastdevonfolk.org.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Saturday 20 September - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Saturday 20 September - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington
Saturday 20 September - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 21 September - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
Thursday 25 September 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton
Thursday 25 September - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
Thursday 25 September - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter
Friday 26 September - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton
Assumed cancelled Sunday 28 September - Dervish - Budleigh Salterton (call 07891 663044 / 01395 443419 to check)
Saturday 4 October - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach

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16/8/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 16 August 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

UPDATED (cast) Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast comprising: Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Matt Quinn and Heather Bradford. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

NEW Thursday 25 September 2014 - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 9pm - Big Joe Bone - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
"Big Joe Bone" (A.K.A. Danny Wilson) plays what he calls "Blues-Grass" music.....a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos.....all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! £3. Details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 10 October 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Those who have been following the Folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Newcomers and Best Duo this year, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase. Ben’sflair for arrangement provides the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their live performances have received fantastic reviews. “Becoming one of the hottest tickets in Folk” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.calstockarts.org/friday-10-october-josienne-clarke-and-ben-walker. Box office 01726 879500.

NEW Saturday 11 October 2014 7.30pm – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AF (map)
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. Tickets £15 (including 2 course supper) on sale from beginning of September. Contact Jane Payne 01548 531885, email jane[at]paynes.org.uk. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bar/Raffle. In Aid of National Coastwatch Prawle Point/

NEW Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm- Appaloosas - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
From way out in the Wild West - of Dartmoor - come Appaloosas, playing Old-Time and Appalachian, the music that became American music. Rooted in songs and tunes carried by settlers from the British Isles, it was familiar musical home comforts for generations of emigrants. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today. Supported by Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo- Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286298.

NEW Thursday 6 November 2014 8pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
The ones to watch on the UK's growing Americana scene. As a six piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) they play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set comprised of original songs and old blues gems, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286306.

NEW Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

NEW Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

Autumn Thursday Music Programme for Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
East Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released details of its Autumn season of acoustic music, held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. More details can be found in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk and of course full details at www.ottertonmill.com. The programme  features:
18/9 Doug MacLeod; 25/9 Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; 2/10 Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles; 9/10 Dana Gillespie Trio; 23/10 James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Scheduled programme of Featured Artist Events:
Monday 20 October - My Black Hat
Monday 10 November - Cross Border
Club news: Due to circumstances way beyond our control, from Monday 8 September until Monday 6 October the Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club will be running with minimal sound equipment or acoustic. Please contact Rick Lawes on 01803 550692 for details.
Next concert: Tickets for Reg Meuross on Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm, £8 adv/£10 door, are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail or call 01626 362528.

Session news
New session at the White Hart Inn at Bow (nr Crediton) commencing the second Sunday in September at 8pm. If it gets good support. it will run monthly.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Thursday 11 September - Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War - Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 13 September - Fishstock Festival - Brixham
Saturday 13 September - Altan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Saturday 13 September - Phil Beer solo - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton
Saturday 13 September - Blackheart - Landscove Victory Hall, nr Ashburton
Sunday 14 September - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth
Sunday 14 September - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sunday 28 September - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sold out Friday 21 November - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 22 February 2015 - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange

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General items retained from previous circulars

New West-Country CD
We don't usually do advertising as such, but very happy to make an exception to give a mention for a brand new release from West-Country specialists and former Harberton Folk performers Tom & Barbara Brown. Details of 'Just Another Day - Songs from Minehead - then and now' can be found on www.umbermusic.co.uk.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

Kingsbridge Crabshell Session - Summer Recess
In conjunction with Simon and Jane at the pub, we have decided to suspend the monthly session at the Crabshell for the summer season i.e. no sessions on the first Thursdays of June, July, August or September 2014. Fortunately for them (perhaps not for us!) they have made such a fantastic job of re-inventing the pub that it has been increasingly difficult to dodge waitresses, hear each other sing etc when the pub is at its busiest. So you have all summer long to work on your repertoires and enjoy the break! But be sure to put a big reminder on your calendars for Thursday 2nd October 2014 when I for one will be looking forward to getting together again. Brenda B.

Over the border: Brief news from Cornwall
1) The monthly Cross House Inn sessions at Metherell are in recess until September.
2) Bodmin Folk Club regrettably has no permanent home at present. Check www.bodminfolk.co.uk for interim venue(s).

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.

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Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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